North Macedonia vs Italy: Preview, kick-off time, and where to watch on TV and online

New Italy coach Luciano Spalletti begins his Azzurri reign with a must-win European Championship qualifier against North Macedonia

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With the Italy Men’s National Team sitting third in 2024 European Championship qualification Group C, nine points behind leaders England, new Azzurri coach Luciano Spalletti will need to get off to a fast start when they face North Macedonia in Skopje on Saturday night.

After taking Napoli to the 2022/23 scudetto, the veteran tactician was the popular choice to replace Roberto Mancini and Italian supporters will be hoping that the 64-year-old will fair better than his predecessor, who was denied a 2022 World Cup place by North Macedonia.

North Macedonia vs Italy: Predicted line-ups

Some fixtures of the Italian squad under Mancini, namely Leonardo Bonucci, Jorginho and Marco Verratti, were discarded by Spaletti when announcing his first Italy squad, and is expected to deploy his favoured 4-3-3 formation.

There are returns to the group for ex-AS Roma man Nicolo Zaniolo and fellow attacker Mattia Zaccagni, while the latter’s Lazio teammate Nicolo Casale joins the Azzurri squad for the first time. However, the Biancocelesti star has the best chance of the trio of starting against the hosts.

Federico Chiesa, who has started the domestic season in fine form, has been ruled out of the North Macedonia and Ukraine games with injury.

North Macedonia predicted XI vs Italy (3-5-2): Dimitrievski; Ristovski, Zajkov, Velkovski; Ashkovski, Elmas, Ademi, Bardhi, Alioski; Trajkovski, Nestorovski.

Italy predicted XI vs North Macedonia (4-3-3): Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Romagnoli, Bastoni, Dimarco; Barella, Locatelli, Pellegrini; Politano, Raspadori, Zaccagni.

Federico Dimarco and Giacomo Raspadori celebrate for Italy. (@Azzurri_En)

North Macedonia vs Italy: When does the Euro 2024 qualification fixture start?

The Euro 2024 qualifying fixture of North Macedonia vs Italy kicks off at 20:45 CEST – local time in Italy – making it a 19:45 BST kick-off in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

In the United States, kick-off of North Macedonia vs Italy is 16:45 EDT or 11:45 PDT.

Sandro Tonali in action with Italy U21s. (@Azzurri_En)

North Macedonia vs Italy: Where to watch the Euro 2024 qualification fixture?

In the United States, every Euro 2024 qualification game can be seen on ESPN+, including North Macedonia vs Italy and the other standout fixtures of Euro 2024 qualification campaign.

In the United Kingdom and Ireland, you can watch North Macedonia vs Italy on Viaplay Sports 1.

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